The best royal Christmas Day fashion over the years

We’re forever obsessed with how the Queen and the rest of the royal family celebrates Christmas. From what they eat on Christmas Day to what happens at the pre-Christmas lunch with extended family members (which has been cancelled this year due to Covid), it’s fascinating to learn how the royal’s spend the big day. We even know what the Queen’s favourite film to watch at Christmas is.

Of course, we’re equally invested in what the royal family wears, and Christmas Day provides the perfect glimpse into their wardrobes.

As is tradition, the whole family, including the Queen, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (plus spouses), head to Her Majesty’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. On Christmas Day morning, tradition dictates that they all attend the Christmas Day morning service at the local St Mary Magdalene Church, which is where we get to spy all the royal’s Christmas Day outfits (well, their first ones anyway – it’s often said that there are multiple outfit changes for the royal family on Christmas Day).

Due to Covid, the Queen has cancelled the family trip to Sandringham this year and they will instead celebrate Christmas and New Year at Windsor Castle.

However, there is plenty of royal Christmas Day fashion to ogle from years gone by and so we’ve compiled the best outfits from over the years.

The best royal Christmas Day fashion over the years

The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and other members of the royal family, 1970

Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew
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Princess Diana and Prince Edward, 1981

Princess Diana
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Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret, Princess Alice, the Duchess Of Gloucester and other members of the royal family, 1981

The Royal family at St George's Chapel
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 1982

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Princess Margaret and David Armstrong-Jones, 1983

The Royal family at St George's Chapel
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The Queen, Princess Diana, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Peter Phillips, 1985

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and Princess Anne
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Princess Diana and Lady Rose Windsor, 1987

princess Diana
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The Queen and Prince Philip, 1987

Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Margaret and her children Lord Linley and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, 1987

Princess Margaret
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The Queen, the Queen Mother and Prince William, 1988

Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mother
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Princess Diana, 1990

Princess Diana
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Princess Diana and Prince William, 1993

Princess Diana
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The Queen and Princess Margaret, 1994

The Queen And Princess Margaret
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Princess Diana and Prince William, 1994

Princess Diana
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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, 1997

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
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The Queen, 2006

Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Anne, 2006

Princess Anne
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Princess Anne, 2007

princess anne
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The Queen, 2008

Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Anne and Prince Edward, 2009

Prince Edward and Princess Anne
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2009

Duchess of Cornwall
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The Queen, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and Duchess of Cornwall
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 2011

Kate Middleton
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The Queen, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II
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The Queen, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II
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The Queen and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton
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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, 2013

princess Beatrice and princess Eugenie
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Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 2013

Kate Middleton and Prince William
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The Queen, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Eugenie and Autumn Phillips, 2014

Princess Eugenie and Autumn Phillips
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 2014

Kate Middleton
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Prince Philip and Princess Anne, 2015

Prince Philip and Princess Anne
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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, 2015

princess Beatrice and princess Eugenie
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The Queen, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2015

Duchess of Cornwall
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, 2016

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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Princess Anne, Isla Phillips and Peter Phillips, 2016

Princess Anne
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2016

Duchess of Cornwall
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and other royal family members, 2017

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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The Queen, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, 2018

Kate Middleton and Meghan markle
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The Queen, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II
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Autumn Phillips and Princess Beatrice, 2018

princess beatrice
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 2018

princess eugenie
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George, 2019

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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The Queen, 2019

Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, 2019

princess eugenie
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Princess Anne, 2019

princess anne
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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli, 2019

princess beatrice
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